MORRISTOWN, NJ- To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, 70 South Gallery, a premier exhibition gallery space and photography print services center is pleased to announce their Spirit. exhibition which will run from Saturday July 16, 2016 thru Friday September 2, 2016.
The Spirit. exhibition highlights the photography work of current and returned Peace Corps volunteers from around the world. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase the spirit of the local people as photographed by those Peace Corps volunteers and to increase awareness of the Peace Corps.
70 South Gallery has selected 15 Peace Corps volunteers to be featured from approximately 100 submissions. One of the selected Peace Corps volunteers is Beth Eanelli. Eanelli served in The Gambia from 2013 to 2015. In addition, in keeping with 70 South Galley's mission to support young talent, this exhibition will feature the work of a high school student that fits the theme of Spirit.
“70 South Gallery's interest in featuring the work of Peace Corps volunteers can be said to be personal", said Gallery Curator Gina Cerbone. "Our owner, Ted Baldanzi, was in high school when President Kennedy signed the executive order to begin the Peace Corps. Ted always felt a strong connection to the Peace Corps and had friends that joined and served. We recognize that many of today's youth are not as familiar with the Peace Corps and were compelled to help increase the awareness of the Peace Corps with this exhibition. In the curation, I looked to have the stories of the volunteers come to life for today's generation...I believe the work we selected does that."
“For us, this exhibition is an opportunity to share the Peace Corps experience and ideals of promoting world peace and friendship", said Glenn Blumhorst, President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) . "As a former Peace Corp Volunteer myself, I can say that you come back to the US with a new perspective and appreciation for humans around the globe. Today, America’s youth is less familiar with the Peace Corps, which has recently rebranded and is reaching out to the ‘next-generation of service-minded Americans’ and this event helps us accomplish that. The images featured from past and present Volunteers bring their stories to life and will hopefully inspire people to join.”
“We are so inspired by the outstanding service of Peace Corps Volunteers that we will donate a portion of the proceeds to sustainable, grassroots community development projects around the world. We ask that you come out and show your support to these extraordinary people,” said Gallery Director, Ira L. Black.
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